HARROD – Crestview was run ruled Monday by Bluffton, 15-5, and Knight head coach Carl Etzler described the loss as a punch in the gut.
But on Thursday it was Crestview doling out the punishment in defeating Allen East 12-2 in a five-inning run-rule contest.
The win gives Crestview a 7-3 overall mark and a 2-1 mark in the Northwest Conference. The loss drops Allen East to 2-1 in conference action and 7-2 overall on the year.
“In our last league game, we got ahead of Bluffton 5-1 and they took us to the wood shed,” Etzler said. “I think the Northwest Conference is a very balanced conference and if you don’t come off the bus like we did they are going to hand you a lost. I was extremely pleased with our approach in the first inning.”
From the opening frame, Crestview came out hitting and roughed up Allen East ace Olivia Lawrence for six runs in the first frame and another run in the second to give Crestview a 7-0 lead after two innings. The normally reliable Lawrence struggled with control and a couple of Mustang fielding errors did not help her cause.
Lawrence finished the game giving up 12 hits while striking out two and walking three and hitting one batter.
“We are very disappointed in our team,” Allen East head coach Paul Patton said. “We made a bunch of errors and stuff like that and we didn’t hit very good. This is not the team that has played all year. We just didn’t show it today.”
The seven-run cushion was more than enough for Knight pitcher Kali Small who scattered six hits over her five innings of work. The sophomore righty , who improved to 5-3 on the year, struck out six and walked one. The lone blemish on her solid outing came in the fourth inning when she gave up two runs on two hits and a walk.
“I was really pleased with Kali’s performance tonight and her pitching,” Etzler said. “Again, she came off that game against Bluffton and she rebounded very nice for us and I am really proud of that.”
Crestview had little trouble scoring after lashing out 12 hits. Leading the charge was Lexi Gregory who went 3 for 3 with three runs scored and two RBI. Codi Miller went 3 for 3 with three RBI and two runs scored and Hannah Binion drove in three runs on a double in the first inning that highlighted the big first inning. Bailey Gregory, the lead-off hitter went 2 for 4 with two runs scored.
“We played a little small ball when we needed to and we were able to run a little tonight but I am really pleased that we hit the ball hard,” Etzler said. “Lexi hit one and she has been hitting really well for us.”
Reach Jose Nogueras at 567-242-0468.